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UAW Forming Alabama Branch Aimed at Mercedes Plant

October 6, 2014 9:29 am

The United Auto Workers union said Friday it is forming a local branch aimed at representing the Mercedes plant in Alabama in a move mirroring its efforts with fellow German automaker Volkswagen in Tennessee.              

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Magneti Marelli Announces New Exhaust Systems Plant

October 6, 2014 9:22 am | by PR Newswire

The new plant strengthens Magneti Marelli's position in North America adding to its competencies that include automotive lighting, powertrain, electronic systems, suspension systems, aftermarket and motorsport.           

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Feds Investigate Power Steering in Ford Midsize Cars

October 6, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints of power-assisted steering failure in three Ford Motor Co. midsize car models.                                   

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New Car Technology May Not Lower Insurance Rates

October 3, 2014 1:51 pm | by Dave Collins, The Associated Press

More cars and trucks are being equipped with cameras, radar, automatic braking, and other safety technology that help avoid accidents, but drivers may not see their insurance bills go down anytime soon, experts in the auto and insurance industries said.  

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U.S. Employers Likely Stepped Up Hiring in September

October 3, 2014 1:47 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. employers may have produced 200,000-plus job growth in September, a potentially reassuring sign after a hiring slowdown in August.                                  

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Shrinking the Skills Gap – Why Manufacturing Day Matters

October 3, 2014 1:38 pm | by Kylene Zenk-Batsford

There are almost half a million skilled positions unfilled in manufacturing, a situation that will only worsen as baby boomers exit the industry, while fewer numbers of young people elect to enter it. We must change the perception of manufacturing as a desirable career — that’s why MFG Day matters.

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UAW Ramps Up Organizing Bit at Mercedes Plant

October 3, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press

The United Auto Workers is ramping up its efforts to gain representation of workers at the Mercedes plant in Alabama.                                      

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Feds Blocking Utah Company for Illegal Rifle Scope Exports

October 3, 2014 11:56 am | by Lindsay Whitehurst, The Associated Press

Federal authorities say a business in a small Utah town tried to ship rifle scopes to Russia and China without a license.                                     

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GM Issues 2 More Recalls

October 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

General Motors announced two more recalls, pushing its total for the year to 71, affecting almost 30 million vehicles in North America.                                 

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Obama Shines a Light on the Nation's Manufacturing

October 3, 2014 9:20 am | by Christopher Rugaber

Boosted by the lowest jobless rate in six years, President Barack Obama is putting a manufacturing focus on his revived economic message, calling attention to industrial gains that have helped restore some higher-wage jobs during the recovery from the Great Recession.

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U.S. Trade Deficit Drops to $40.1B in August

October 3, 2014 9:09 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The U.S. trade deficit shrank for the fourth straight month in August, falling to the lowest level since January as exports rose to an all-time high.                             

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Workers Stunned by Closing of Verso Paper Mill

October 2, 2014 5:23 pm | by Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press

Stunned workers at a shuttering paper mill in Bucksport said Thursday they're going to be scrambling for work and residents said they fear a huge tax increase when the long-standing Verso mill closes.               

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U.S. Factory Orders Posted Record Drop

October 2, 2014 5:07 pm | by martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

Orders to U.S. factories fell in August by the largest amount on record, but the drop was heavily weighed by an expected plunge in volatile aircraft orders.                           

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Airbus Predicts Soaring Demand in China

October 2, 2014 5:03 pm | by Bristol Post

The biggest growth in the aerospace sector will come from the Far East in years to come, with China set to become the number one market, according to the bosses at Airbus.                       

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Tesla's Elon Musk Hints at New Technology

October 2, 2014 4:46 pm | by The Associated Press

Shares of Tesla Motors jumped almost 4 percent after the electric car maker's CEO hinted at introducing new technology next week.                                

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Samsung Supplier Sues U.S. Labor Watchdog

October 2, 2014 1:40 pm | by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press

A Chinese supplier of Samsung Electronics Co. filed a lawsuit accusing a New York City-based labor watchdog of spreading false rumors of child labor, but the labor group says it has evidence to back up its report.             

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Russia Dims Hopes for European Auto Rebound

October 2, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press

The European car market is seeing a fragile recovery after six years of decline, but CEOs in Paris are scaling back hopes that Russia could help drive the rebound.                         

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GM Looks to New Vehicles, China To Boost Profits

October 2, 2014 12:57 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

General Motors CEO Mary Barra told investors that GM plans a raft of new models and a big push to sell more cars in China to drive profits in coming years, as the biggest U.S. automaker tries to shift the spotlight from a mishandled recall of older small cars.

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Boeing Plans To Move Defense Work Out of Washington State

October 2, 2014 12:51 pm | by American Daily Stock Report

The Boeing Company announced that it will relocate a major part of its defense and support-related services under the Boeing Defense, Space & Security division to other cities of the U.S. from Washington.            

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Alcoa Opens World's Largest Aluminum-Lithium Aerospace Plant in IN

October 2, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press

Alcoa, a global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering, and manufacturing, today is officially opening the world’s largest aluminum-lithium plant in Lafayette, Indiana where it produces advanced, third-generation aluminum-lithium alloys for the aerospace industry. 

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